Toba, May 21, 2022 – As part of its efforts to enhance the skills and capabilities of ship captains and comply with Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM.52 of 2012 on River and Lake Channels and Directorate General of Land Transportation Regulation No. KP 3424/AP.402/DRJD/2020, Regal Springs Indonesia, in collaboration with the Regional Office of Land Transportation Management (BPTD) of North Sumatra II, conducted a Socialization of River and Lake Traffic Safety and certification program for 50 ship captains at the Ihan Batak Port in Ajibata, Toba Regency, North Sumatra on Saturday (05/21).
“In our operations in several districts in Lake Toba, Regal Springs Indonesia currently has more than 42 vessels as transportation means for carrying feed, patrol supervision, and employee transportation to work locations, operated independently or in partnership with boat operators, with approximately 30 human resources serving as ship captains. To meet the required qualifications, compliance in operating the vessels, ensuring sailing safety, and enhancing the skills of the ship’s crew, we support any collaborative efforts with stakeholders in the operational area of Regal Springs Indonesia,” said Donald William Mcintyre, General Manager Farming of Regal Springs Indonesia.
The training covered topics such as ship construction, river and lake navigation, traffic rules, SAR system, ship law enforcement, procedures for issuing Sailing Approval Letters (SPB), and other relevant topics related to the seaworthiness of ships on rivers and lakes. The event featured speakers such as the Coordinator of the Port Unit (Korsatpel) of Ajibata Dock, Rijaya Simarmata, the Head Coordinator of Basarnas Lake Toba, Hisar Turnip, the Chief of Polairud Toba Lake headquarters, AKP Dodi Gunawan, and other speakers from the Regional Office of Land Transportation Management of North Sumatra II.
Batara Pardede, the Head of the Regional Office of Land Transportation Management of North Sumatra II, stated through Korsatpel Toba, Rijaya Simarmata, that since the issuance of Directorate General of Land Transportation Regulation No. KP 3424/AP.402/DRJD/2020, which has been in effect for over two years, the process of issuing administrative requirements and conducting ship inspections for seaworthiness has been carried out effectively by the Directorate of TSDP and the Regional Office of Land Transportation Management of North Sumatra II.
“Our socialization activities are one of our efforts to ensure that the participants here have a better understanding of sailing safety. Collaboration from various parties is undoubtedly beneficial in terms of capacity building,” said Rijaya Simarmata.